Thursday, June 27, 2013

Craftsy Sewing With Knits: Scoop Neck T-Shirt

I've been taking a class on called Sewing with Knits: Five Wardrobe Essentials, with Meg McElwee.

Meg is a great teacher and her tips for sewing with knits have given me new confidence to try knit projects that are a little less 'safe.'  The first of her projects I tried is the scoop neck t-shirt.

This pattern is only available by downloading the PDF pattern that comes with the class.  Totally worth it!

Fabric used:
70/30 Bamboo Cotton (from my local independent fabric shop via
This fabric has a wonderful soft hand and has about 50% stretch.

I cut out a large.  Previously, I cut out a small for my muslin and it was WAY too small!  Although, the first time I used fabric with only 35% stretch.  So with the proper 50% stretch fabric recommended, I still had to use one size bigger than my measurements called for.

Changes made:
I wanted a neckline in between a jewel neckline and a scoop neck, so I brought the neckline up until it was about two fingers below my collar bone.  I had to re-figure the length of the neckline band.

I added sleeve gathers to the edge of the sleeves by adding fullness at the bottom.  I finished them with a sleeve band around the bottom.  It is the same width as the neckline band.

I used a serger for the seams and the sewing machine for the neckline and sleeve bands.  I used Design Plus to finish the shirt hem.  Works like a charm!  I was surprised how forgiving this bamboo knit was.  I didn't use a walking foot this time around, and the neckline looks nearly perfect.  I'll have to learn how to use it next time.


I will definitely be making this pattern again, and changing things up with added details.  I think this will become a staple for my wardrobe.  I just love how soft this t-shirt is and how well it fits!


  1. Great looking Tshirt, and the sleeve bands are a lovely touch. This looks like a super class to take - will have to check it out...J

  2. I've been enrolled in this class for over a year! I need to get on it because this looks like a very comfy, easy tee to make.

  3. Just take the plunge and give it a try! If you make a mistake it's just fabric.


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